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Jolynn Whitten, Executive Director of The Village at White River Junction

Jolynn Whitten

Executive Director
When people ask Jolynn why she works in senior care, she tells them that it was because of her grandparents. They gave her a great appreciation for her elders and from high school on, she knew that she wanted to be an administrator in long-term care and dedicate her career to seniors. She graduated from York Catholic High School and went on to Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There she worked towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Services Administration, with a minor in Sociology. Jolynn graduated Summa Cum Laude and began the search for a graduate school. Life took Jolynn to Baltimore, Maryland where she decided to attend Johns Hopkins University to obtain a Master’s degree in Health Finance and Management. During her second year at Hopkins, she also took part in a 12-month internship at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. This allowed her to complete the State of Maryland’s Administrator in Training (AIT) program as well during that time frame. In 1998, she received both her Master’s degree and her Maryland Nursing Home Administrator’s License. Over the next seven years, she held positions as Assistant Administrator, Administrator, and Executive Director in both skilled nursing and assisted living communities in the Baltimore area. In 2005, she joined Life Care Services and Vantage House in Columbia, Maryland, as Health Center Administrator. She was promoted to Associate Executive Director at Vantage House in 2007 and then to Executive Director at Sandhill Cove in Palm City, Florida in 2008 until 2018 when she ventured to Keene, NH, to facilitate the start-up of Hillside Village Keene. She moved again with LCS- this time to Wilmington, NC, where she served as the Executive Director at Porters Neck Village until July 2023. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to New England. She is both honored and delighted to be serving as The Village’s Executive Director. On a personal note, Jolynn has been married for almost 15 years to her husband Bill, who is working very hard writing his third novel. Their favorite pastime is traveling, both locally and around the globe.
Tammy Latvis

Tammy Latvis

Director Of Sales and Marketing
As an Upper Valley resident for more than 27 years, Tammy has been an active member of our community.   As the former owner of an award-winning women’s fitness franchise, she worked with women of all ages, and particularly enjoyed helping her senior women improve their lives through better mobility and fitness. Her positive upbeat personality brings an energy and enthusiasm to the Village team as well as to our residents. Her civic and charitable contributions include serving as former Chair of The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Maynard House, PTA President at Dothan Brook School, as a Girl Scout troop leader, President of the Hartford High School Booster Club.   Tammy also served as a religious Ed teacher and as a member of the council for Saint Anthony’s in White River Junction.   Tammy has walked this journey with the support of her husband Phil and 3 children, Samantha, Matthew and Jennifer.  This she states is her greatest success. 

Danielle Heino

Director of Health Services
A Registered Nurse, I possess 24 years of experience in geriatric care ranging from floor nurse, infection control, staff education, MDS and Care Plan coordinator, Director of Nursing, and State Surveyor. I pride myself on my ethical standards and the delivery of high quality of care for every resident. I believe in a team approach to all aspects of care. No one department is more important than the other. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to deliver high quality of care.
Hope Hersey, Director of Life Enrichment

Hope Hersey

Director of Life Enrichment
I grew up in Woodstock, Vermont, helping my family care for my nana and great aunt who lived with us. In middle school, I knew health care was what I wanted to do. I've worked in long-term care communities and provided in-home care for the last 20 years. I moved to New Hampshire in 2010 to be closer to my father struggling with health issues, and in 2018 passed away. I was fortunate enough to be his caregiver. My husband, Mike, my son, Landin, and I decided to sell our home in New Hampshire and move back to Vermont, and we love being back home. I'm so happy to be here at The Village and excited to work with our amazing residents and staff.
Joelle Ash

Joelle Ash

Director of Culinary Services
Joelle joined The Village at White River Junction shortly after its opening in 2019 as a line cook. Her career has encompassed over 26 years of experience in the culinary industry. Joelle’s love of cooking began when she was became a grill cook at 14 years old and has evolved from there. She worked for many years at Lui Lui restaurant and also served as manager at The Farmer’s Table for several years prior to joining The Village. As Culinary Director, Joelle is passionate about serving good, quality, local food to our residents and guests. She is famous among residents for her delectable scones! Joelle lives with her husband Josh and two daughters, Jonelle and Jadelynn, in Grantham, NH near her family’s 12th generation farm. When not serving our seniors, Joelle enjoys time baking with her family, outdoor activities, and sharing her passion for horses with her daughters.

Elli Lonzson

Director of Memory Care
With a decade of experience in Assisted Living and Memory Care, Elli has chosen to use her knowledge and passion for artistic expression to help enrich the lives of those around her. Her passion stems from a deep-rooted sense of family, following her mother's footsteps in healthcare, and desire to make others feel welcomed and accepted. Elli provides our residents with purposeful opportunities that offer inspiration and enrich each day. Since moving from Philadelphia, Elli has fallen in love with all that Vermont has to offer, from its deep sense of local community to the beautiful nature that surrounds the whole state. Outside of work, you can find her at local craft fairs, painting, or reading anywhere outside.

Ashley St. Pierre

Business Office Manager
I came to The Village with 10+ years of experience working in the senior living industry. I was drawn to this field in high school but went on to pursue a career as a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Massachusetts, where I resided for 16 years. I quickly realized that my career in cosmetology was not fulfilling, and an opportunity presented itself for me to get my foot in the door at an assisted living community as a dining room server. I worked my way through many roles including Dining Room Manager, Activities Director, Memory Care Director and Business Office Manager, as well as picking up many various skills along the way. I love getting to spend time with the residents, hearing their life stories and connecting them to what matters most to them. I am equally passionate about providing a great workspace for all of the wonderful associates who support the residents day in and day out. After working through the pandemic, I decided it was time to come back home to Vermont where I was born and raised. In my free time I love spending time with family, baking, reading and rediscovering the laid-back atmosphere of Vermont.

Doug Fillian

Director of Plant Operations
Doug grew up in Orford, NH. He attended San Diego State University, majoring in Business Management. After graduating he returned to the Upper Valley. He settled in and focused on his career in Business Administration working for Hypertherm for eighteen years and then the upper valley school districts. Doug lives in Orford, NH, with his wife Donna. They have a son, Kyle, who lives in Greenfield, MA with his fiancé, Maria. They have several pets to enjoy daily. They include: 5 Bears, 6 Deer, 12 Turkeys, and 3 Coyotes.

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